Luis Sinisterra scored his first Premier League goal for Leeds as they came from one goal behind to draw with Everton in a thrilling encounter at Elland Road.
The Colombian winger, who scored his first goal for the club in the EFL Cup last week on a summer transfer from Feyenoord, came on 18 yards after the break as Leeds pressured Everton.
They improved a lot after a poor first half when Anthony Gordon scored for a second game in a row, keeping his composure to slip the ball through Illan Meslier’s legs after Alex Iwobi’s through ball.
Leeds top scorer Rodrigo also left with what Jesse Marsch later confirmed was a dislocated shoulder following an innocuous challenge with Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.
But inspired by the impressive Jack Harrison and substitute Joe Gelhardt, Leeds tore through their opponents to find Pickford in fine form, starving both players and Brenden Aaronson.
As the game opened, Everton had late chances to win it thanks to Amadou Onana and Nathan Patterson.
But with Leeds adding further pressure, Everton’s backline remained firm, although the result left the Toffees searching for their first win of the season under Frank Lampard.
Leeds put on style in the second half
Leeds’ second-half recovery came after a first half where they showed plenty of effort but found Everton’s new defense too difficult to break through.
Rodrigo’s injury also dented their confidence, with the Spain international leaving the pitch in some discomfort after a shoulder charge with Pickford. Marsch added: “They’ve got him back in place and seem to be fine. He’s going for a CT scan.”
The Leeds striker had his best chance of the first half when he was inches away from connecting with a Harrison cross early on, but it wasn’t until after the break that the hosts started to test Pickford.
First, Aaronson drew a fine save from the Everton goalkeeper before Harrison saved another effort.
But the England number one couldn’t do much against Sinisterra’s effort from the edge of the box.
Elland Road burst then, and it threatened to boil over as Gordon and Rasmus Kristensen closed in shortly after, leading to a yellow card each, and the two benches also clashed.
At times it felt like a throwback to another era, but the football was thrilling even if Patrick Bamford’s return from injury couldn’t stave off a winner.
Despite feeling disappointed at the end, Leeds recovered from their first loss of the season at Brighton on Saturday to show they were serious under Marsch, the point they now fifth in the table.
Everton lack punch up front as Maupay misses
Although Lampard was disappointed his side were unable to capitalize on their own chances late on, with Patterson clear on goal but denied by Meslier, his side showed enough defensive prowess to earn a point.
Gordon, who was the subject of at least one rejected offer of £45m from Chelsea during the transfer window, has shown his composure and why Lampard is keen to keep the England Under-21 international .
But a third draw of the season was also credited to a new-look defense which was well organized by the new centre-back duo of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski. They were also well protected by summer signing Onana, who looked impressive at the base of midfield.
This part of Lampard’s squad have improved a lot from last season, but where they still struggled was to score goals, even though Demarai Gray had the ball in the net only to be disallowed by a marginal offside decision, which was confirmed by the video assistant referee. .
With Dominic Calvert-Lewin still injured, the arrival of Neal Maupay from Brighton on Friday was meant to help that cause, but he sat in frustration on the bench because Everton had missed the noon deadline to allow him to to play.
- 25kristensenBooked at 59 mins
- 14LlorenteBooked at 57 mins
- 12AdamBooked at 40 mins
- 23SinisterraReplaced byklichat 64′minutes
- sevenAaronsonReplaced byjamesat 76′minutes
- 19RodrigoReplaced byGelhardtat 31′minutesReplaced byBamfordat 76′minutes
- 42Green wood
- 3pattersonBooked at 67 mins
- 26DaviesBooked 20 mins away
- tenGordonBooked at 60 minutes
- 21Andre Gomes
- Darren England
Match ends, Leeds United 1, Everton 1.
Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Everton 1.
Corner, Leeds United. Corner conceded by James Tarkowski.
Failed attempt. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the center of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Pascal Struijk from a cross.
Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).
Dwight McNeil (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Failed attempt. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Roca.
Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).
Anthony Gordon (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Nathan Patterson (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the penalty area sees his shot blocked. Assisted by Anthony Gordon with a through ball.
Failed attempt. Daniel James (Leeds United) left footed shot from the center of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Rasmus Kristensen from a cross.
Attempt blocked. Amadou Onana (Everton) left footed close is blocked. Assisted by James Tarkowski.
Corner, Everton. Corner conceded by Diego Llorente.
Offside, Leeds United. Marc Roca tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.
Replacement, Leeds United. Daniel James replaces Brenden Aaronson.
Replacement, Leeds United. Patrick Bamford replaces Joe Gelhardt.
Corner, Leeds United. Corner conceded by Amadou Onana.
Attempt blocked. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Roca.
Attempt saved. Joe Gelhardt (Leeds United) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked in the center of the goal.
Failed attempt. Diego Llorente (Leeds United) header from the center of the penalty area misses on the right. Assisted by Mateusz Klich from a corner.
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